Prime Video’s The Boys Season 3 TV Review
The boys is back for its third season, picking up where it left off and then some. This season expands the scope of the revisionist universe of superheroes and the roster of depraved, super-powered characters as it looks back on its own history while keeping tabs on its future. That’s not to say the comic book adaptation isn’t as wacky and comedic as it always has been, but there’s a greater sense of world-building and a greater emphasis on the social satire that takes shape on the story. In short, The boys is back, bigger and badder than ever, and goes straight for the jugular when it comes to muddying up the foibles and nuances of that American life to great effect like only the Prime Video series can.
Continuing to adapt the story from the comic created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The boys In Season 3, the eponymous crew keeps tabs on super-powered characters revered by the public as heroes whenever they misuse their powers. As the psychotic Homelander and the Seven come under intense scrutiny over the fact that their former teammate Stormfront was exposed as a Nazi in Season 2, The Boys’ frontman Billy Butcher and his ensemble look into the… story behind other supes linked to Vought International. This comes as The Boys’ Hughie Campbell realizes he’s in over his head, working for Congresswoman Victoria Neuman, unaware of his true murderous nature and connection to Vought.
The boys is always immaculately paced, knowing exactly when to dive deep into its sinister, violent world of superpowered salacious shenanigans and sinister corporate misdeeds and when to allow the audience to speak out. Likewise, the tone remains well-balanced, oscillating between dark comedy and harrowing character moments as the pressures of constantly being exposed to and participating in such relentless brutality take their toll evident. Just as audiences seem to think they know where the story is going, showrunner Eric Kripke and the team pivot to keep viewers on their toes while quickly raising the stakes.
The real stars of the cast this season are Karen Fukuhara and Karl Urban. Fukuhara has plenty of room in the early season episodes to portray Kimiko as a woman trying to reconnect with her stolen sense of humanity through her blossoming relationship with Tomer Capon’s Frenchie. While Antony Starr has played a hero constantly on the edge, with endless amounts of rage bubbling beneath the surface, Urban gets to explore a similar dynamic as Butcher finds himself derailed with his own deep issues betraying his smug demeanor.
The boys has never been a show to pull its punches in, both in terms of graphical content and social messaging, and the series takes its most pointed and visceral swings yet in Season 3. The characters and world in which they live are just as volatile and reactionary as ours – the only difference is that The boys has people cutting a person in half with heat vision in the blink of an eye. This satire not only needles corporate culture and public imagery, but takes a broader socio-economic stance much like the superhero show that boldly speaks to the current state of the society.
three seasons and The boys has more than earned its place among the best superhero TV series of all time and among the best original shows to stream on Prime Video. Obviously still not for the faint-hearted, the superhero satire returns for its third season angrier and more straightforward than ever, with blood and gore wholesale as its brutal characters continue to lash out. For all the chaos and vulgar thrills, The boys the cast continues to wear their hearts on their sleeves while proving there’s still a long way to go in this postmodern deconstruction of the genre.
Developed for TV by Eric Kripke, Season 3 of The Boys premieres June 3 on Prime Video, with new episodes released on Fridays.
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